Date: 30th July 2008 at 1:55pm
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If you are to believe reports this afternoon, it is said that Liverpool and Aston Villa have agreed a 19m deal for Gareth Barry. Reports from The Insider state that Liverpool have agreed to pay 17.5m cash plus Steve Finnan to acquire Barry. This comes as a surprise to me as Rafa had made it clear that he would have to sell first before he can buy anymore players. If it is true that the Barry deal has been agreed, where has Rafa gotten the money from?

Maybe the club owners have decided to give Rafa some cash from their pockets but I seriously doubt that. I am sure if this deal has been struck, Liverpool will do all they can to sell Alonso inorder to recoup the cash they will spend on Barry. From a teams perspective, it makes sense to get Barry in as quickly as possible so he can start training with is new team mates. I am sure we will find a buyer for Alonso and even Pennant or Voronin. It will however not look great if we sign Barry and are not able to offload other players to finance the deal.

I just hope this news is true and we can look forward to having Barry in our midfield and taking over the number 6 jursey. Who knows, we may even see him play against Rangers on the weekend.